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Miyagi Prefecture on Saturday unveiled a new museum built to pass on the memories of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast.

The ¥1.4 billion museum in the city of Ishinomaki is part of the Ishinomaki Minamihama Tsunami Memorial Park, which opened on March 28 on a site devastated by the tsunami.

The museum “plays the central role in the prefecture’s efforts to deliver the memories of the disaster to future generations,” a prefectural official said.

The unveiling of the museum was held ahead of its official opening day on Sunday, which was pushed back by about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The museum features videos and exhibits showing the horrors of the tsunami, as well as introduces activities by people in Miyagi who tell others of their stories of the disaster.

“I hope that visitors will use the museum to learn lessons to protect their lives from disasters,” said Takeo Miyagi, a 79-year-old freelance photographer from the Miyagi city of Tagajo, who is among those who made an appearance in the videos.

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